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Ellen B. Cohen

Head of Business & Legal Affairs

With her unique background from having worked for studios, networks, production companies and talent agencies, Ellen is a creative, “think outside the box”, highly experienced negotiator/deal maker who combines an in-depth understanding of the entertainment industry with an expertise in business and legal affairs. Her
motto is “Clarity” in deal making and when working for her clients.

Together with her knowledge of traditional and nontraditional entertainment agreements and her background in the high tech/new media industry, she is poised to deal with all types of deals in today’s entertainment business.

Experience Highlights

For additional information, resume and recommendations,
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2014

XBOX ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS

Vice President, Business Affairs

Developed and implemented strategies for deal structures, parameters and models for scripted and unscripted programming.

DISNEY/ABC NETWORKS GROUPS

Vice President, Business Affairs

Network, studio, and management responsibilities including structuring, negotiating and drafting deals for live action, animation, alternative, sketch and serial programming.

2010 – 2014

2002 – 2008

1994 – 1996

SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Vice President, Business Affairs

Handled TV business affairs and headed up Business Affairs for Crackle, Sony’s online network. Responsible for crafting, structuring negotiating all the deals for the first 3 seasons of Crackle’s original content roster.

ABC TELEVISION

Consultant, Business Affairs

Responsible for all business affairs for four on-air series “Scrubs”(NBC) “Life with Bonnie” (ABC), “MDs” (ABC), and “8 Simple Rules” (ABC).

2001 – 2002

2000 – 2001

ENBAND, INC.

General Counsel, Head of Business Affairs

Developed all legal practices and procedures and documents for the Hewlett Packard-funded Broadband media company. Pivotal deal maker and mentor.

SHOWTIME NETWORKS

Director, Business & Legal Affairs

Business and Legal Affairs for the premium cable network, focused on original feature films and production services related to TV series.

1997 – 2000

1996 – 1997

WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY

Business Affairs

Reviewed and negotiated above-the-line talent deals and rights acquisition deals for motion pictures, television, new media and commercials.

MAGAZINES ON TAPE

General Counsel

Created template agreements for all aspects of business, developed business models. Negotiated licenses for content and with distributors.

1993 – 1994

1988 – 1993

AMDAHL CORPORATION

Assistant Regional Counsel

Negotiated, structured and drafted diverse contracts valued in excess of $300 million annually for the Fortune 200 computer hardware and software company.

Experience Highlights

For additional information, resume and recommendations,
please visit linkedin.com/in/ebcohen

XBOX ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS

Vice President, Business Affairs

2014

Developed and implemented strategies for deal structures, parameters and models for scripted and unscripted programming.

DISNEY/ABC NETWORKS GROUPS

Vice President, Business Affairs

2010 – 2014

Network, studio, and management responsibilities including structuring, negotiating and drafting deals for live action, animation, alternative, sketch and serial programming.

SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Vice President, Business Affairs

2002 – 2008 and 1994 – 1996

Handled TV business affairs and headed up Business Affairs for Crackle, Sony’s online network. Responsible for crafting, structuring negotiating all the deals for the first 3 seasons of Crackle’s original content roster.

ABC TELEVISION

Consultant, Business Affairs

2001 – 2002

Responsible for all business affairs for four on-air series “Scrubs”(NBC) “Life with Bonnie” (ABC), “MDs” (ABC), and “8 Simple Rules” (ABC).

ENBAND, INC.

General Counsel, Head of Business Affairs

2000 – 2001

Developed all legal practices and procedures and documents for the Hewlett Packard-funded Broadband media company. Pivotal deal maker and mentor.

SHOWTIME NETWORKS

Director, Business & Legal Affairs

1997 – 2000

Business and Legal Affairs for the premium cable network, focused on original feature films and production services related to TV series.

WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY

Business Affairs

1996 – 1997

Reviewed and negotiated above-the-line talent deals and rights acquisition deals for motion pictures, television, new media and commercials.

MAGAZINES ON TAPE

General Counsel

1993 – 1994

Created template agreements for all aspects of business, developed business models. Negotiated licenses for content and with distributors.

AMDAHL CORPORATION

Assistant Regional Counsel

1988 – 1993

Negotiated, structured and drafted diverse contracts valued in excess of $300 million annually for the Fortune 200 computer hardware and software company.

Education / Bar Admissions

EDUCATION

J.D. from Emory University School of Law

B.A. from Brandeis University

BAR ADMISSIONS

Ellen is admitted to practice law in:

California  •  New York

Georgia  •  Florida

LIFE COACH

Certified Executive/Life Coach

 Coaches Training Institute (CPCC)

International Coach Federation (PCC)

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